Pakistan: 2013

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Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly nations for journalists

December 30, 2013 12:01 AM ET

The conflict in Syria, a spike in Iraqi bloodshed, and political violence in Egypt accounted for the high number of journalists killed on the job in 2013. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Pakistan's Endangered Press And the Perilous Web of Militancy, Security, and Politics More than 20 journalists have been murdered in reprisal for their work in Pakistan over the past decade. Not one case has been solved, not a single conviction won. This perfect record of impunity has fostered an...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Introduction By Bob Dietz At least 42 journalists have been killed—23 of them murdered—in direct relation to their work in Pakistan in the past decade, CPJ research shows. Not one murder since 2003 has been solved, not a single conviction won. Despite repeated demands from Pakistani and international journalist...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

1. The Murder of Wali Khan Babar On January 13, 2011, Wali Khan Babar, a 28-year-old correspondent for Geo TV, was driving home after covering another day of gang violence in Karachi. Babar was an unusual face on the airwaves: Popular and handsome, he was a Pashtun from Zhob...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: Verbatim: Threats, Promises, and Fears “No half-hearted police measures or words of consolation from the highest offices in the land will suffice in the aftermath of the brutal treatment meted out to journalist Umar Cheema of The News.” —Editorial in the newspaper Dawn condemning the September 2010 abduction and beating of...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

2. A Death in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa On the evening of January 17, 2012, a year and four days after Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar was gunned down on a busy street in Karachi, Mukarram Khan Aatif, a senior journalist in the tribal region of Pakistan, was offering evening...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: For VOA Reporters, a Difficult Balance The Taliban’s claim that they murdered Voice of America reporter Mukarram Khan Aatif because he failed to present their perspective in his stories was deeply troubling—if not terrifying—to the local reporters of the U.S. government-funded news agency....

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

3. Intimidation, Manipulation, and Retribution A couple of years ago, Hamid Mir, Najam Sethi, Umar Cheema, and other prominent figures in the news media began going public with the threats they were receiving from intelligence agencies. It was a risky calculation, but the silence, they reasoned, encouraged intimidation and...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: ‘In case something happens to me’ Seven months before his murder, Asia Times Online reporter Saleem Shahzad was summoned to a meeting with Rear Adm. Adnan Nazir, director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate’s media wing. During the October 17, 2010, meeting, Shahzad said, he was pressured to retract a...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Conclusion The murder of Saleem Shahzad in May 2011 galvanized journalists across Pakistan in a way that few other events have. For a short time their power as a “union” was felt. They secured a commission of inquiry. They named ISI officers who had threatened Shahzad and many other...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations to Pakistani authorities, the Pakistani news media, and the international community....

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Appendix Journalists Killed 2003-2012: Motive Confirmed CPJ research has determined that 42 journalists were killed in Pakistan in direct relation to their work from January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2012. An additional 12 journalists were killed in unclear circumstances during the time period. Capsule reports on each death...

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Video: Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:00 AM ET

The unsolved murders of three Pakistani journalists reflect a government that is not guaranteeing the rule of law or fundamental human rights. CPJ's Bob Dietz narrates. Animation by Dave Mayers and production by Dana Chivvis Read our accompanying special report, "Roots of Impunity," which examines the culture of anti-press...

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Getting Away With Murder

May 2, 2013 12:01 AM ET

CPJ’s 2013 Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free...

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